Boundary Eco and Forest School

The Grand Opening

The Eco-Warriors from KS2 had a great afternoon at the official relaunch of Gateside Park; they participated in circus skills and forest school sessions and were a credit to the school. Millie, who's lady bird design features throughout the park, had a great time...

Forming the Forest School Area

We have started to develop our Forest School area in conjunction with B&Q and the ROC Community Garden Projects! You might walk past the KS1 play ground and see some trees, plants and a new bark path along with the revamped pond area. We are hopeful that over the...

KS1 Eco Club

At our first Eco club, we learnt about Recycling and sorted different items into different bins. Then we made bird feeders out of recycled bottles, so that we can hang them around school and watch out for Birds as part of the RSPB Garden Bird Watch. We handed a Bird...

Big Boundary Battery Hunt

We are on the hunt for used batteries that can be recycled.There is a box in every classroom where you can put your used batteries - we are entering a national competition to see which school collects the most batteries and are in with a chance of winning...

Bird Feeder Making – Nursery

Nursery enjoyed making bird feeders for our feathered friends that visit us around the school. This is how we made them; Get a kitchen roll and cut it into 3 parts. Next spread peanut butter over the tube. Then roll the tube in a tray of bird seeds (you can sprinkle...

1W Forest School

1W made some fantastic clay creatures in the sunshine. They made worms, snails, a woodlouse and a ladybird. Joseph made a spider and used twigs for the legs. The will look great when they are painted. We just have to wait for the clay to dry!  This week it was year...

Anglo-Saxon Experience – Year 5

Year 5 had a Wow day return to Summer 2 by living and experiencing Anglo Saxon life. Everyone got the chance to make Anglo-Saxon bread, build a den, light a fire, make a knife by whittling and make house walls with wattle and daub.

 

What is Forest School?

Forest School originated in Scandinavia and was brought to the UK in the early 1990s. Sessions are always child led (to foster independence), long term (to build trust and relationships) and outside (to gain the many physical and emotional benefits from being in nature). The Forest School ethos aims to promote students’ confidence, social skills, sense of self-worth and emotional well being in an outdoors environment.

Children are not directly taught but are encouraged to find things out for themselves through play i.e. games, stories, creative expression and sharing. Through play, the child develops their initiative and imagination (problem-solving), learns resilience and resourcefulness (perseverance and determination), how to give and ask for help and support from peers (emotional intelligence and teamwork), and how to appropriately self-manage risk in an increasingly risky world.

 

 

What happens in Forest School?

Activities are provided during a forest school session but the emphasis is on the children choosing what they do. Activities might include den building, log transportations, cutting firewood and fire building, crafts such as making a dream catcher or clay creatures, group games, flora and fauna ID as well as stories and collaborative activities.

The obvious benefits of improved coordination and physical health from doing activities outside are enhanced by opportunities to develop imagination and initiative; problem-solving and perseverance. Children are encouraged to try things out and learn from experience, rather than rigidly following a set of instructions. This often involves learning how to work as a team to get something done, feeling comfortable with asking for and offering help and learning how to cope with failure or setbacks. These are seen as important skills to take with them into the adult world.

 

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